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Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask will undergo surgery and will be out of action at least 5 to 6 months

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask announced Friday morning he’s planning to undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip that’ll keep him sidelined until roughly January or February of 2022.

“Yeah, so I have a torn labrum in my hip. I’m going to do surgery. I just don’t know what the exact date is — probably within a month,” Rask said. “Start the recovery process and then we’ll see what the future holds after that, hopefully recovery goes well.”

Rask, an impending unrestricted free agent, also said he doesn’t expect to leave Boston.

“I’m not going to play for anybody else but the Bruins,” the 34-year-old told reporters. “This is our home. We have three kids with friends in school. I don’t see any reason to go anywhere else at this point in my career.”

“The physical aspect, hopefully everything goes well, like I said, and then we’ll probably be looking at a January or February return to hockey. So that’s kind of the plan, and hopefully it works out,” Rask said. “Like I’ve said before, I’m not gonna play for anybody else than the Bruins. This is our home. We have three kids. … At this point in my life, I don’t see any reason to go anywhere else. … Hopefully it works out and I recover well and we can talk about contracts.”

However, if the Bruins choose to not sign him — whether it be for the long recovery period for surgery, or any other reason — Rask sounded like he had a couple of backup plans in his back pocket.

“Well, we’ll see when we get there. Maybe I can go play in Finland,” Rask said of his native country. “I’m part owner of a team in Finland, they’re opening a new rink. Maybe I’ll play in Finland, who knows? Maybe I could go play in the Czech Republic again.”

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
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